residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü How to pronounce residue (audio) , -ˌdyü \

Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated or after the completion of a process : remnant, remainder: such as
a : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, allowances, and previous devises and bequests
b : the remainder after subtracting a multiple of a modulus from an integer or a power of the integer that can appear as the second of the two terms in an appropriate congruence 2 and 7 are residues of 12 modulo 5
c : a constituent structural unit (such as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule amino acid residues from hydrolysis of protein

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Examples of residue in a Sentence

The grill was covered in a greasy residue from the hamburgers. The divorce left a residue of pain in the family. There was some kind of sticky residue on the floor. She left the residue of her estate to her daughter.
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Recent Examples on the Web Wipe off the residue and clean with a damp washcloth. Danielle Flum, Seventeen, "How to Clean Even the Dirtiest White Shoes," 18 June 2019 Later, study authors Duncan Garrow of the University of Reading and Fraser Sturt of the University of Southampton took over, radiocarbon-dating pot residue and timbers from the crannogs. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Scotland’s Tiny Artificial Islands Date to the Stone Age," 14 June 2019 Federal agents found unregistered assault rifles, cocaine residue and razors in his home. Phillip Jackson, Washington Post, "At least 20 Baltimore police officers arrested, sentenced or suspended during department’s ugly 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 The company making the request is a startup with a system that uses pyrolysis, or combustion at extremely high-temperatures, to convert municipal waste and waste tires into synthetic gas, oil, carbon black, steel residue and char, a soil enhancer. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "From high tech to trashed tires, Colorado approves $17.8 million in economic development incentives," 19 Dec. 2019 Available in designs for three different skin types—normal, combination, and sensitive—the Luna 3 is gentle enough for daily use but still tackles any last traces of oil, dirt, makeup residue, or sweat, leaving skin feeling fresh and clean. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "We Tried The Foreo Luna 3 For Three Different Skin Types—Here’s What Happened," 12 Dec. 2019 Most of the biomass used by Drax consists of low-grade wood, sawmill residue and trees with little commercial value from the United States. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "How the dirtiest power station in western Europe switched to renewable energy," 23 Oct. 2019 Donald Markham, discarded a bloody mattress, failed to test his wife, Dina, for gunshot residue and didn’t bother to interview key witnesses or canvass the neighborhood. Jeremy Gorner, chicagotribune.com, "Investigation into Chicago cop’s death ignored evidence possibly implicating his wife, says city watchdog, calling it ‘incompetent and incomplete’," 17 Oct. 2019 Using water and face wash is what's really going to remove residue and prep your skin for a good night regimen. Petra Guglielmetti, Glamour, "How to Remove Makeup: 7 Tips to Get Every Last Bit Off," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of residue

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for residue

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin residuum, from neuter of residuus left over, from residēre to remain

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The first known use of residue was in the 14th century

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4 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Residue.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/residue. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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More Definitions for residue

residue

noun
How to pronounce residue (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of residue

: a usually small amount of something that remains after a process has been completed or a thing has been removed
formal : the amount of something valuable (such as an estate) that is left after all debts have been paid

residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü How to pronounce residue (audio) , -ˌdyü \

Kids Definition of residue

: whatever remains after a part is taken, set apart, or lost

residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈrez-ə-ˌd(y)ü How to pronounce residue (audio) \

Medical Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated specifically : a constituent structural unit (as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule amino acid residues in a protein

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residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü, -ˌdyü How to pronounce residue (audio) \

Legal Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated specifically : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, taxes, and legacies other than residuary legacies

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